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Pain Management Task Force Meeting #3

Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Third Meeting

May 9, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Hubert H. Humphrey Building - The Great Hall
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) is being held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 

The Task Force will vote on the final draft Task Force recommendations for acute and chronic pain management. 

The plan to disseminate information about best practices for pain management will be presented.


Registration: Members of the public are invited to register to attend in person or by webcast. 

Please click on the registration button below and complete all required fields. 

Online registration for in-person attendance will close on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

In-person registration for the meeting will be available during the meeting on May 9 and 10, 2019.

Please register using one of the following links:

Individuals who need special assistance, such as a sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should indicate the accommodation when registering or notify the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health by email at by April 30, 2019. The subject line of the e-mail should read "PMTF Meeting Accommodations."


Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 

Friday, May 10, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). 

The agenda will be posted soon.

If you plan to attend in-person:

Public Comments

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide comments at the meeting on May 9, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

Public comments made during the meeting will be limited to three minutes per person to ensure time is allotted for all those wishing to speak.  


Online  Comments:

Individuals are also welcome to submit their written comments until May 6 through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at

Written comments should not exceed one page in length.

Submit Comments by May 6th


14th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium

May 30 -  31, 2019

Masur Auditorium and FAES Terrace
Building 10, NIH Campus

Bethesda, Maryland 

The Symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 and
concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

Full Information Here:

Register to attend in-person or Webcast:

Registration Dates

Pre-conference registration will stay open
through Thursday, May 23, 2019

Click BELOW to Register 

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Pain Management Task Force Draft Report

As required by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA), the public has an opportunity to provide comments on the Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations (Draft Report) during this 90 day public comment period.  

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force developed the Draft Report which identified gaps or inconsistencies, and proposed updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management, including chronic and acute pain as required by CARA.

To View Draft Report Click HERE:

Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations management, patient advocacy, substance use disorders, mental health, and minority health. 

This draft report describes preliminary recommendations of the Task Force that will be finalized and submitted to Congress in 2019, following a 90-day public comment period. Initial key concepts:

• Balanced pain management should be based on a biopsychosocial model of care.

• Individualized, patient-centered care is vital to addressing the public health pain crisis.

• Ensure better and safer opioid stewardship through risk assessment based on patients’ medical, social, and family history to ensure safe and appropriate prescribing.

• Multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain that focuses on the patient’s medical condition, co-morbidities, and various aspects of care including:

  • Medications. Different classes depending on patient medical conditions and history.
  • Restorative movement therapies. Physical and occupational therapy, massage therapy, aqua therapy. Interventional procedures. Different types of minimally invasive procedures can be important for both acute and chronic pain.
  • Complementary and integrative health. Acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, meditation.
  • Behavioral health/psychological interventions. Coping skills, cognitive behavioral therapy.

• Multi-modal approach to acute pain in the surgical, injury, burn and trauma setting.

• Perioperative surgical home and acute pain guidelines to provide a framework for improved patient experience and outcomes.

• Addressing drug shortages that might affect acute and chronic pain care.

• Access to care is vital through improved health care coverage for various treatment modalities and an enlarged workforce of pain specialists and behavioral health clinicians to help guide and support appropriately trained primary care clinicians.

• Stigma is a major barrier to treatment, so it is important to provide empathy and a non-judgmental approach to improve treatment and outcomes.

• Education through societal awareness, provider education and training, and patient education are needed to understand choices and promote therapeutic alliances between patients and providers.

• Innovative solutions to pain management such as telemedicine, tele-mentoring, mobile apps for behavioral and psychological skills, newer medicines, and medical devices should be utilized as part of the overall approach to pain management.

• Research is required to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of pain, preventive measures, the use of innovative medical devices and medications to prevent the acute-to-chronic pain transition, and methods to improve outcomes of chronic pain conditions.

• Special populations are highlighted, including pediatric, women, older adults, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, active duty soldiers/veterans, sickle cell disease (as an example of a chronic relapsing condition).


Click HERE to Access the Full Report & Instructions to Submit Your Comments